Monday, 18 September 2017

The trees around my house are shedding leaves daily and the colours of Autumn are really beginning to show. Whilst sunflowers are associated with summer I think this set suits Autumn as well as the colours it inspires are the oranges and golden colours . 

I wanted something a little different so inspired by times gone by where my children often brought a spindly sampling home from school eager to watch it grow, hoping for an enormous sunflower to magically appear in 24 hours, I came up with a potted sunflower.

This set is a two step stamp set which if you take a look at my Youtube video all will be explained. The result are a water colour wash effect which is super pretty. using co ordinating colours for the background helps tie in the colours of the leaves and the flowers themselves.

If you wish to recreate this card simply follow the video ... measurements and products used are also listed below. So grab a brew get comfy and watch the film ... happy stamping xxx Amanda



card base 11 1/2 x 4"
dsp layer 3 7/8 x 5 5/8"
embossed layer 3 1/2 x 5"
inside mat 3 7/8 x 5 5/8"

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday card sketch club

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to our Sunday sketch club. Yet again the members of the group have created some amazing cards to help insure us all. Im sure you will agree they are all amazing . Thanks to everyone who took part you are all amazing .. 

Here is the sketch I chose for everyone to follow.. please feel free to give it a try or why not come on over and join the group ..happy stamping xx Amanda

Stunning card by Carol Ann using lovely as a Tree stamp set.

Lovely Christmas theme card from Gaynor Boyce.

Autumn theme card by Carol Ann.

Lovely card using painted Autumn by Jean Schultz

Lovely card by Elaine Spencer.

Beautiful hand stamped background by Pauline Johnson.

Pretty autumn feel card by Elaine Spencer.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Elegant double box in a box...

I just love things which are more than they first appear. This design is nothing new it has been around for a long Im not trying to tech you anything new her. But what I wanted to show you is how you can change up designs and make them have a wow factor depending on your choice of papers.

Here I chose the stunning year of cheer DSP. This paper is so luxurious with its beautiful reflective foiled patterns you can fail to create something wonderful with it.

This little box is such fun and so easy to make. The two compartments can be used to hold sweet treats, jewellery , tea lights, wax melts ... the possibilities are end less. I cut my costs slightly on this project by using the white card that comes in with DSP packs and it makes for a really sturdy box.

The decorative bow on the top just adds a little extra wow. You could also add a small hand made gift tag which would look even more super. I would recount the Merry labels stamp set and co ordinating punch set which you can find here MERRY LITTLE LABEL BUNDLE

I have a step by step Youtube video for you to follow along and re create this project so grab yourself a brew get comfy and watch the film. Measurements and links to products used with clickable links to my store are also below .... happy stamping xxx Amanda


outer skin.. 3 x 2" score at 3, 6, 9"
two drawers cut 5 15/15 x 5 15/16" score on all four sides at 1 1 /2"
lid cut to 6 1/8 x 6 1/8" score on all four sides at 1 1/2'

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Up styling easy DIY home decor

I love decorating my home and often look in what my husband calls " housey " shops for pretty items. However, I often find decorative items can be a bit pricey and being a crafter I mutter away under my breath saying " I could make that myself cheaper ". And so todays project is how to DIY home decor cheaper.

Pound shops are often full of awesome hidden treasure you can " up style " this means to get a cheap plain item and to make it look something special. By doing it yourself you can be sure it will be unique one else will have quite the same.

So here I took a shadow box style frame from my local pound shop and up styled it. Super quick and easy to do. You can adapt this idea to say or contain anything. I chose the words "home"and cut these using my Large letter dies from Stampin' UP! I cut the words from the stunning champagne coloured foil card and layered on DSP from the Year of cheer DSP stack. I also re lined the inside of the frame with paper from the same suite. I did not waste anything, and re used the twine thread to hang my words which I turned into pennants using the banner punch.

As a finishing touch I used a foil doily cut into four to decorate the outside of the frame, the gives an extra wow. All you need do is adjust your sizing to correspond with whichever frame you can get hold of. This is a very easy and versatile project for you to try. I have a full step by step YouTube tutorial for you to follow so grab a brew get comfy and watch the film... product and measurements below ... happy stamping xxxx Amanda



Cut the dsp to line your frame according to your frame size.
Banners were cut in two sizes , the smallest is 1 1/2 x 4" and the large is 2 x 4 1/2"

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